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Gaming is Ageless: Leslao Says Age Doesn’t Affect Performance

Dethan Dario

Leslao has a few things to say about the right age for Dota 2 pros!

Leslao Quincy Crew

In the gaming industry, many contests that age matters in the professional scene. As per veteran Leslao, younger players aren’t naturally better than the old ones.

Quincy Crew’s offlaner Rodrigo “Leslao” Santos shared that he doesn’t agree with this opinion. This is in relation to organizations considering taking in younger players than the oldies.

However, the offlaner shared that the only difference between the two is their ideologies. Although, he maintained that one’s mechanical skill doesn’t diminish over time. He continued to cite Sébastien “Ceb” Debs and David “MoonMeander” Tan Boon Yang as examples.


“[I] don’t think the younger you are the better you are. [I] don’t think it has to do anything with anything. [I] think age just doesn’t matter. Maybe the idea of teams like – oh maybe let’s pick up some new players because the way they look at the game is different than how old players look at the game. And that’s fine. That’s a good line of thought. Just because you are going to pick someone up because he is younger, you think he is a better player, it just doesn’t make any sense. That’s not how it works,” Leslao said.

Recently, the returning player Ceb just claimed another Major title under his belt. Ceb officially retired last year but had to fill in for Misha who had visa issues for the recent Major.

“Ceb is 30 and he won a Major. How old is N0tail? MoonMeander is 30 and he got second. N0tail is 28 and he won two TIs. I don’t think age matters,” he said.

KuroKy and Puppey

“I think the biggest difference with the age thing is that the older you get the less interest you have in the game. And the less you play, the less enthusiastic you are about it because you have other things to do in life,” he added.

Currently, there are still few players who are from the first-ever professional scene. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, and Tal “Fly” Aizik, are only of the few who have already shared a long history with the game up to this day.

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